At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all.
"This story has haunted the government and damaged their credibility, and marks its second week.
In a world where the news cycle churns ever faster this is the one that might have done the government in.
And still no finality on those numbers, let's assume we'll never get them."
"The disgrace of the week.
To have the gall to publicly humiliate Ashley Bloomfield, as he watched on, having been the biggest walking disaster of the Covid response yourself, reveals who you're really dealing with as a person."
"Because it’s a dumb idea that won't see the light of day.
Phew, close call."
Jobs and Confidence
"Still he issue that could haunt us most. Confidence is hard to find, almost as hard as jobs.
As yet more got laid off this week we have the growing sense the real number is worse than the official number."
"How is it the agencies have work and few or no applications?
Up to $40 an hour and no takers. How's that work?
"I like a pine tree, I've got lots of them myself.
To watch a pine tree sway in the wind is therapeutic.
But mine haven't replaced farmland, and that’s the problem."
"More signs this week we look okay.
We have solid sale prices, good clearance rates, and good numbers in the market."
"Tough week. And only deserved if the replacement is the answer.
Given we don’t have a replacement, we can't be sure about the answer."
"The Blues looked good until you saw the Crusaders enter Super Rugby Aotearoa."
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